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Analysis and comments on Because I could not stop for Death -- by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 22 of 192, added on March 16th, 2005 at 9:16 PM.

I confess that The first time I read this poem I didn't understand I thing
she was saying. Never read poetry when you're tired. But thanks to the
wonderful comments I now have a very clear understanding of this poem!

La Rae from United States
Comment 21 of 192, added on February 27th, 2005 at 6:24 PM.

I am in 7th grade and I am in Middle School.
I had Poet Biography,so I choose Emily Dickinson and this poem was the
importantest in her poems. Also, i felt that this poem was the longest poem
I had ever read. Because I could not stop for death... What was the meanig
of this poem to Emily Dickinson and how was her feelings when she was
writing this poemm.. I wonder how Emily Dickinson felt....

Bora from United States
Comment 20 of 192, added on February 26th, 2005 at 3:01 PM.

I had the overwhelming joy of coming across this beautifully written poem.
One of my favorite by E.D, this poem is a masterpiece.

Crystal from United States
Comment 19 of 192, added on February 15th, 2005 at 7:36 PM.

When Dickinson says that the day she died felt longer than the centuries
she has spent dead mean she has never gone to Heaven? But she says
Eternity? Whats going on at the end?

patty cakes from United States
Comment 18 of 192, added on January 31st, 2005 at 2:22 PM.

We usually think that death is a very scaringthing,
but in this poem, Emily tells us death can let us review our lives . Death
is not a end of life ,but a start of Eternity.

Ken from Taiwan
Comment 17 of 192, added on January 20th, 2005 at 9:47 PM.

This is one of my favorite poems. Emily Dickinson is a poetry god. I think
this poem shows a peaceful side of death. It shows us that death isn't
something to be afraid of. Its very beautifully written and I love it.

Chelsea from United States
Comment 16 of 192, added on January 13th, 2005 at 9:13 PM.

The horses are used both symbolically and literally in this poem. In
Dickinsons time, your coffin was carried on a wagon by two horses. It was
customary for those associated with you to follow behind the wagon to the
burial site.

english guy from United States
Comment 15 of 192, added on January 10th, 2005 at 5:18 PM.

"In another publication of the poem, the last line of the second to last
stanza is "It's cornice but a mound." Please check your source to ensure
accuracy! The poem is too beautiful to be mangled!"

the poem featured on this site is the correct original version, the
publication of the poem you refer to is an example of emily's editors
changing her poem's to make them more conventional, they would prefer
"ground" to rhyme with "mound" rather than have the repetition of "ground".

rob lowe
Comment 14 of 192, added on December 15th, 2004 at 12:41 PM.

In another publication of the poem, the last line of the second to last
stanza is "It's cornice but a mound." Please check your source to ensure
accuracy! The poem is too beautiful to be mangled!

rusty from United States
Comment 13 of 192, added on December 11th, 2004 at 9:58 PM.

I don't believe I could have been given a better poem to write on.
Personification of death and immortality. The break in structure in stanza
four that signals realized death. The imagery and symbolism of it.
Wonderous death and eternity.

Melissa from United States

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Information about Because I could not stop for Death --

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 712. Because I could not stop for Death --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Nov 10 2002


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